• Nevada State Senate Approves $1.4B for Raiders Stadium

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    With the Nevada state legislature making quick decisions concerning funding for a new stadium for the Oakland Raiders, owner Mark Davis may have to follow through on his promise to move the team to Las Vegas. Following a designated public forum at the state capitol on Tuesday, the Nevada Senate voted 16-5 in approval of a $1.4 billion public funding package to build the Raiders a new home stadium and convention center in Las Vegas.

  • Another College Football Program, Stadium Coming to Florida

    by Adam Lichtenstein October 2016

    Keiser University announced it would launch a football program in 2018, with a planned stadium on the school's flagship campus in West Palm Beach.

  • Windy City Bulls Unveil New Scoreboard, Court

    by Eric Peterson October 2016

    Barely a month before their first home game, the Windy City Bulls basketball team held an open house Monday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates to show fans the stadium's new court and state-of-the-art scoreboard system.

  • Astros Break Ground on Stadium Renovations

    by Knoxville News-Sentinel October 2016

    The Houston Astros began work on renovations to center field at Minute Maid Park on Monday that will remove Tal’s Hill and add field level seating.

  • Billy Langenstein Discusses U.S. Bank Stadium Launch

    by Paul Steinbach October 2016

    Billy Langenstein got his start in the event-management game as a 15-year-old water boy at music venues in Philadelphia. He later spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals, ascending to director of event operations. Today, at age 28, he's SMG's director of events services for U.S. Bank Stadium, the newly minted home of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium will host more than 400 events a year — from weddings to concerts to college baseball games — all under a clear plastic roof and Langenstein's watch. On Vikings gamedays, he's ultimately responsible for everything from transportation and emergency response to the actions of thousands of security and guest-services personnel. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach caught up with Langenstein the morning after the Vikings had played their second home preseason game in four days.

  • Council Rejects Revised Arena Proposal

    by Butch Maier October 2016

    Some developers pave paradise and put up a parking lot. One developer paved the way to paradise – at least paradise for those who love popular music, sports and family entertainment. Yet, seemingly at the end of a long, winding road that took years to navigate, the place paradise was intended to be is, still, a parking lot. The lot United States Management planned for the quarter-billion-dollar Virginia Beach arena, across the street from the convention center, was empty Wednesday. It was quiet, save for the whistling wind ushering in an October chill.

  • New Arena Represents Reset for NBA's Kings

    by Sam Amick October 2016

    As clean slates go, this isn't half bad. After three years of inner turmoil, bad basketball and the kind of organizational dysfunction that made the Sacramento Kings the laughingstock of the league under owner Vivek Ranadive, they are hitting the reset button. There's a new, $556 million downtown arena -- the Golden 1 Center -- that has fast become a point of pride in this city that came so close to losing its only major pro sports team. There are signs of progress, a sense of synergy between the humbled owner, the rebuilt front office and a new coaching staff that was nowhere to be found before. "I grew up in Bombay (now Mumbai, India), and there were people starving on the streets," Ranadive said when asked about the near-constant criticism. "And sure, it's not fun being skewered in the press, especially with things that are not true. But you know what? At the end of the day, it's a huge privilege and a huge honor to be able to own a team."

  • Cubs: Comped Pols Must Attend Game, Get Announced

    by Stuart Goldman October 2016

    A capacity crowd is expected tonight when the Chicago Cubs begin play in the National League Division Series at Wrigley Field, the first step in a journey that long-suffering Cubs fans hope results in a World Series title.

  • Atlanta Falcons' 33,000 PSL Sales Top $180M

    by Tim Tucker October 2016

    The Falcons have sold about 33,000 personal seat licenses for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, generating about $181 million, according to the latest available figures obtained this week from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. That leaves tens of thousands of seats for the Falcons to attempt to sell before the start of next season, slated to be their first in the $1.5 billion downtown stadium. Falcons officials hope the team's winning, high-scoring start on the field this season will stir sales.

  • Twins Want $1.6M to Upgrade Target Field's Lights

    by Rochelle Olson October 2016

    For the first time since the ballpark opened in 2010, the team is seeking to tap the Ballpark Capital Reserve Fund for structural improvements. The plan is to use $1.6 million to replace lights in the crown-like canopy with more efficient LED lights.